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Dispersal order introduced

Published Wednesday, 08 August 2012

Youths who are causing a nuisance or anti-social behaviour in Enfield Town Centre face being arrested or taken home by police after a dispersal order was introduced.

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police have joined forces to successfully introduce a dispersal order in the town centre and the park to deal with reports of youth acting in an anti social manner.

Under the terms of the dispersal order, which runs 3 August to 3 February 2013, the police have the power to order any person, if in a group of two or more, to leave the designated area and not return for 24 hours.  If they either fail or refuse to do so they can be arrested.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "We are not going to tolerate anti-social behaviour in our town centres and we'll do everything we can to protect families form harassment and crime.

"This dispersal order sends a clear message that we will not tolerate unacceptable behaviour in this borough and we will work to protect businesses in our town centres from crime and disorder.

"We have introduced this order as a direct result of concerns raised by residents and visitors to the park and town centre and we'll be monitoring its success closely to make sure it has the desired effect.

"We're not discouraging young people from visiting these areas and if they behave they'll have nothing to worry about.

We want to ensure Enfield is a safe place to visit and shop and encourage more people to visit the area."

Superintendent Paul Healy, Partnerships, Enfield Police said: "We are working with our partners utilising available legislation  to ensure that people living and visiting the area covered by the dispersal  zone  can enjoy the amenities  without been intimidated by people engaged in anti social behaviour. This is a tried and tested tactic  that we will continue to use in appropriate circumstances. "

The police also have the power to take home any person under the age of 16 who is not in the effective care and control of someone over the age of 18 between the hours of 9pm and 6am.

The Dispersal Order will be reviewed fortnightly to ensure it is effective and necessary.

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